Gerry Johnson is the senior communications strategist for Human Rights Watch’s US Program. Based in New York, he leads communications for the organization’s US-based work, helping the division leverage the power of partnerships, the press, social media, multimedia storytelling, and influencer engagement to increase public awareness of racial justice issues, advance policy goals, and drive narrative change. He also works with journalists to develop more frequent and accurate reporting on key issues including reparations.
Prior to his current role, Gerry led the communications strategy for racial justice and women's rights at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union. His experience also includes managing editorial content and media partnerships at the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative. In the film and TV industry, he has produced web series and promotions for PBS, and has collaborated with film studios on social impact campaigns.
A former journalist, Gerry is the recipient of an Arts Journalism Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.